Viktor Kassai & György Ring retire.

On 29th December the MLSZ officially announced the retirement of top Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai & his long time trusted senior Assistant György Ring, bringing to an end a long and distinguished career for the both of them.

Whilst he will not referee any more domestic or International games, he does not officially retire until Sunday 5th January, 2020. Today he acted as VAR in the Saudi Pro League in the match between Al-Hilal Riyadh v Al-‘Adalah Al-Hulailah.

We take a look back at the main highlights of Viktors career, many of which György was right there at his side. As he steps down, he leaves with the record for the highest number of NBI matches refereed – 323. His NBI career started out 20th March 1999 in a game between Zalaegerszeg v BVSC lasting until his last game on 7th December 2019 between Debrecen v Budapest Honvéd. Along the way he has dished out 1516 yellow cards and 77 red cards.

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Viktor Kassai was born on 10th September 1975 in Tatabanya, Hungary. As a young boy he played football in various age groups for Tatabanya, before taking up the whistle at age 14. Having passed his referee course in 1990 he made his debut as an Assistant Referee in June 1990 in the Hungarian Youth Leagues in a game between Szárliget v Obarok. 16 months later, in October 1991, he made his debut as a referee in the Hungarian Youth League in a match between Kecskéd v Vértessomló.

He continued refereeing in the Hungarian Youth Leagues before finally making his debut on 11.04.93, at the age of 17, in the mens league in a match between Ászár v Császár. At just 19 years old, he began refereeing in the Hungarian professional leagues where he refereed in the NB3. His debut on the NB1, Hungary’s top division came on the 20.03.99 in a match between Zalaegerszeg v BVSC.

His commitment, hard work and natural talent for refereeing brought him to the attention of UEFA. He made his International debut on 24.10.2000 in the UEFA Regions Cup, while in the UEFA talent group. The match was between Plovdiv Province Bulgaria v Eastern Slovakia. He was promoted to the FIFA list of referees on 01.01.03, where he remained as one of the 23 UEFA elite list referees until his retirement. As he was promoted so young he also retires as one of the longest ever serving FIFA referees. On 01.07.13 he became one of Hungary’s first 12 professional referees.

Career History

Domestic Leagues

  • 95 – 97: Nemzeti Bajnoksag 3
  • 97 – 99: Nemzeti Bajnoksag 2
  • 99 – 05.01.20: Nemzeti Bajnoksag 1

International

  • 01.01.03 – 05.01.20: FIFA (elite list)

Honours

Magyar Kupa

  • 20.05.08 – Bozsik Stadium in Budapest – Final 1st match – Budapest Honved v Debreceni VSC
  • 22.05.13 – Bozsik Stadium in Budapest – Final decisive – Debreceni VSC v Gyori ETO FC
  • 02.03.16 – Pancho Aréna – Quarter Final 2nd Leg – Videoton v Ferencváros

World Cup

2006 – Qualification Matches

  • 18.08.04 – Tehelna Stadium, Bratislava – pre-qualifier (Group 3) – Slovakia v Luxembourg
  • 08.06.05 – Central Stadium, Almaty – pre-qualifier (Group 2) – Kazakhstan v Turkey
  • 07.09.05 – Vetra stadium, Vilnius – pre-qualifier (Group 7) – Lithuania v Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 08.10.05 – Neo GSP Stadium, Nicosia – pre-qualifier (Group 4) – Cyprus v Republic of Ireland

2010 – Qualification Matches

  • 10.09.08 – Olympic Stadium, Helsinki – pre-qualifier (Group 4) – Finland v Germany
  • 11.10.08 – Inonu Stadium in Istanbul – pre-qualifier (Group 5) – Turkey v Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 09.09.09 – Dynamo Stadium in Minsk – pre-qualifier (Group 6) – Belarus v Ukraine
  • 10.10.09 – National Stadium in Riffa – AFC / OFC Zone Final – Bahrain v New Zealand

2010 – Tournament

  • 15.06.10 – Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg – Group G – Brazil v North Korea
  • 22.06.10 – Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg – Group A – Uruguay v Mexico
  • 26.06.10 – Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg – Round of 16 – Ghana v America
  • 07.07.10 – Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban – Semi Final – Spain v Germany

2014 – Qualification Matches

  • 12.10.12 – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow – pre-qualifier (Group F) – Russia v Portugal
  • 26.03.13 – France Stadium in Saint-Denis – pre-qualifier (Group I) – France v Spain
  • 15.10.13 –  Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia – pre-qualifier (Group B) – Bulgaria v Czech Republic

2018 – Qualification Matches

  • 05.09.2016 – Rajko Mitic – pre-qualifier (Group D) – Serbia v Republic of Ireland

U20 World Cup

2007

  • 03.07.07 – Olympic Stadium, Montreal – Qualification (Group D) – Brazil v South Korea
  • 06.07.07 – Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa – Qualification (Group E) – Argentina v North Korea
  • 12.07.07 – Olympic Stadium, Montreal – Round of 16 – Mexico v Congo

2013

  • 24.06.13 – Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri – Qualification (Group B) – Cuba v Nigeria
  • 29.06.13 – Akdeniz University Stadium in Antalya – Qualification (Group F) – Uruguay v Uzbekistan

U17 World Cup

2009

  • 26.10.09 – Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano – Group E – Spain v USA
  • 29.20.09 – Ahmadou Bello Stadium, Kaduna – Group F – Uruguay v Algeria
  • 08.11.09 – Gateway Stadium in Ijebu-Ode – Quarter Final – Switzerland v Italy

European Championship

2008 – Qualification Matches

  • 11.10.06 – Dinamo Stadium, Minsk – pre-qualifier (Group G) – Belarus v Slovenia
  • 02.06.07 – A.Le Coq Arena, Tallinn – pre-qualifier (Group G) – Estonia v Croatia
  • 22.08.07 – Ratina Stadium, Tampere – pre-qualifier (Group A) – Finland v Kazakhstan
  • 17.10.07 – La Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes – pre-qualifier (Group B) – France v Lithuania

2008 – Tournament (As 4th Official)

  • 07.06.08 – Stade de Geneve, Geneva – Group A – Portugal v Turkey
  • 12.06.08 – Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna – Group B – Austria v Poland
  • 17.06.08 – Letzigrund, Zurich – Group C – France v Italy

2012 – Qualification Matches

  • 03.09.10 – Wembley Stadium, London – pre-qualifier (Group G) – England v Bulgaria
  • 25.03.11 – Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium, Granada – pre-qualifier (Group I) – Spain v Czech Republic
  • 02.09.11 – Dinamo Stadium, Minsk – pre-qualifier (Group D) – Belarus v Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 11.11.11 – A.Le Coq Arena, Tallinn – Play-offs – Estonia v Republic of Ireland

2012 – Tournament

  • 10.06.12 – PGE Arena Gdansk – Group C – Spain v Italy
  • 19.06.12 – Donbass Arena, Donetsk – Group D – England v Ukraine

2016 – Qualification Matches

  • 11.10.14 – Elbasan Arena – pre-qualifier (Group I) – Albania v Denmark
  • 06.09.15 – Ullevâl Stadion – pre-qualifier (Group H) – Norway v Croatia
  • 08.10.15 – Hampden Park – pre-qualifier (Group D) – Scotland v Poland

2016 – Tournament

  • 10.06.16 – Stade de France – Group A – France v Romania
  • 17.06.16 – Stadium Municipal – Group E – Italy v Sweden
  • 02.07.16 – Matmut Atlantique – Quarter Final – Germany v Italy
  • 10.07.16 – Stade de France – Final (*4th Official) – Portugal v France

U19 European Championship

2005

  • 18.07.05 – Windsor Park Stadium, Belfast – Group A – Northern Ireland v Greece
  • 20.07.05 – Arena Showgrounds, Ballymena – Group B – Germany v England
  • 26.07.05 – Mourneview Park Stadium, Lurgan – Semi Final – Serbia and Montenegro v England

Olympics

2008

  • 10.08.08 – Central Stadium, Shanghai – Group A – Argentina v Australia
  • 23.08.08 – National Stadium, Beijing – Final (Gold medal Match) – Nigeria v Argentina

FIFA Club World Cup

2016

  • 11.12.16 -International Stadium, Yokohama – Round 2 – Jeonbuk Hyundai v CF América
  • 14.12.16 – Suita City Soccer Stadium – Semi Final – Atlético Nacional v Kashima Antlers
  • 18.12.16 – International Stadium, Yokohama – Final (*4th Official) – Real Madrid v Kashima Antlers

Notable International Matches

UEFA Europa League

  • 08.04.10 – Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg – Quarter Final 2nd leg – Wolfsburg v Fulham
  • 14.04.11 – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow – Quarter Final 2nd leg – Spartak Moscow v FC Porto
  • 10.04.14 – Mestalla, Valencia – Quarter Final 2nd leg – Valencia v Basel

UEFA Champions League

  • 28.05.11 – Wembley Stadium, London – Final – Barcelona v Manchester United
  • 25.04.12 – Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid – Semi Final 2nd leg – Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
  • 23.04.13 – Allianz Arena, Munich – Semi Final 1st leg – Bayern Munich v Barcelona
  • 28.05.16 – Giuseppe Meazza Stadium – Final (*4th Official) – Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid

Emir of Qatar Cup

  • 21.05.11 – Central Stadium, Doha – Final – Al-Rayyan v Al Grarafa

2013 Gulf Cup of Nations

  • 06.01.13 – Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Isa Town – Group B – Saudi Arabia vs Iraq
  • 11.01.13 – Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa – Group A – Bahrain vs Qatar

Thank you for always trying to represent your country to the best of your abilities and good luck in your future endeavors.